4/30/05 - The Middlebury College track & field teams both finished in third place at the 2005 NESCAC Track & Field Championships hosted by Colby College. The Panthers boasted five NESCAC Champions as well as the 4x400 men's relay team.
On the women's side, senior Sarah Berkowitz (Media, Pa.) was the NESCAC Champion in the pole vault with a 10'6" effort. Placing second in the event was first-year athlete Sarah Wilson (Winchester, Mass.), who cleared 10'. Winning the javelin event was sophomore Mary Frederickson (Florham, Park, N.J.), who threw 114'8" for the win. Placing second in the event was rookie Rachel Lincoln (Hingham, Mass.) with a toss of 113'6". Senior Melissa Thacker (Canton, N.Y.) finished third for the Panthers in the 400 hurdles with a time of 1:06.29.
On the men's side, junior Kevin Bright (Sharon, Mass.) had a big day, winning two events solo, while being a part of the 4x400 relay team. Bright finished with a time of 48.47 in the 400, setting a new school record and qualifying for the NCAA's. He also won the 400 hurdles with a time of 53.19, while he, along with senior Nick Digani (Northfield, Ill.) and rookies Patrick Swan (Horseheads, N.Y.) and David LaRocca (Sparta, N.J.) won the 4x400 in 3:17.95, a new school record.
Also winning for the men was junior Kristoph Becker (Media, Pa.), who captured the javelin with a throw of 185'7". Becker placed second in the high jump, clearing 6'3.5", was fifth in the 110 (16.12), while placing sixth in the pole vault (12'.5"). Placing third in the javelin was junior Steve Atkinson (Huntingdon, Que.), who threw 176'9". First-year runner James Butcher (Garden City, N.Y.) set a new school record with a second place finish in the 10,000, finishing with a time of 31:41.10. Also placing second on the day was Swan, who finished the 400 with a time of 48.79. Finishing fourth in the 1500 (4:02.21) and fifth in the 800 (1:56.70), was Digani. The men's 4x100 relay team comprised of Bright, Swan, junior Greg Lazerus (St. Louis, Mo.) and senior Liam Aiello (Middletown, Conn.) finished second overall with a time of 42.70.